East Central FFA teams advance to state
First-place area meats evaluation team — East Central FFA Advisor Ray Pieniazek, Ciarra Gawlik, Shelbi Knox, Aaron Maron, Tommy Fletcher, Jordan Hevner, and East Central student teacher Andrea Nordman
Five East Central FFA teams will compete at the State FFA Career Development events set for Saturday, April 20, in Lubbock or Saturday, May 4, in College Station. These teams qualified for state after competing in the Area 7 FFA Contests at Texas A&M University April 6-7. Earning the right to participate at state contests are the entomology team and the horse, livestock, meats, and poultry evaluation teams by virtue of their placing in the top 15 percent in their competitions.
The entomology and horse evaluation teams will compete April 20 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, after qualifying by placing second and seventh, respectively, in area competion.
Todd Bettice and Kearsten Pollok led the entomology evaluation team to its second-place team finish, by placing second-high and eighth-high, individually. Other team members are Danny Espinoza, Paige Plate, and Dallas Polasek. The entomology team is coached by student teacher Amanda Cedillo with assistance from Lorie Kempen, East Central FFA advisor.
Morgan Harper led the horse evaluation team to its seventh-place area finish. Joining Morgan at state competition will be Anissa Cervera, Brittany Coble, and Jessica Hawkins. The team is coached by student teacher Sara Hering with assistance by Kempen.
The meats, livestock, and poultry evaluation teams will compete in state competition May 4 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Tommy Fletcher and Shelbi Knox led the meats evaluation team to its first-place overall finish in area, by finishing first- and ninth-high individually. Other team members advancing to state are Ciarra Gawlik, Aaron Maron, and Jordan Hevner. The team is coached by student teacher Andrea Nordman with assistance from Ray Pieniazek, East Central FFA advisor.
Kylie Patterson led the livestock evaluation team to its sixth-place overall finish by placing eighth-place individually. Ty Baird, Katelyn Gonzalez, Kaylie Reed, and Alexis Wagner will also be competing at state. The team is coached by East Central FFA advisor Danny Kempen.
The third-place area poultry evaluation team had three members placing in the top 10 individually, Emileigh Geistweidt, sixth-high; Stephenie Geistweidt, seventh-high; and Kelsey Mihalski, 10th-high. Johnna Pieniazek and Cheyenne Zaiontz and their team members are coached by Pieniazek with assistance by student teacher Cedillo.
Also participating in the area contest was the floriculture team, which placed seventh-overall with team members Kristen Ayala, Erin Crow, and Sarah Ledwig. Kristen placed eighth-high individually in area competition. The team is coached by Kempen.
For more information regarding the East Central FFA, call 210-581-1185.